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CNN
Aug 14, 2009 3:00pm EDT
in montana, we learn values like hard work and common sense. we also learned the difference between right and wrong. it's just plain wrong for insurance companies to devalue coverage when you get sick and need it the most. [ applause ] >> it is just plain wrong for insurance companies to deny people care because of pre-existing conditions. that's why we are working so hard to kraft a common sense plan that is right for our state and right for america. here in montana, we also know the value of an honest word. let me tell you, there is plenty of dishonesty out there about what health care reform will or will not do. now, you've all seen the tv show, mythbusters, right? i have been going around the state busting myths about health care, whether it is bogus information about rationing care, cutting benefits for sen yu y yurs or interfering with the doctor/patient relationship. these myths are being busted right open. they are just plain balogna. that's why our president is here to talk with us and help us spread the truth about health care reform. it will lower costs. it will give -- m
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 8:00pm EDT
obama pushes his health care plan in montana, but is everybody buying what the president is selling? >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get. is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> reporter: plus, michael vick returns to the nfl after two years in prison for dogfighting. >> i was wrong for what i did. after everything that happened at that point in time, my life was wrong. to this day, i can't understand why i was involved in such pointless activity. >> not everyone is welcoming him with open arms. >> i'm just a little upset with it, because i'm such an animal lover. >> crazy signing. i don't know what they'll do with the public relations part of it. >> has vick paid enough of a price for his crime? >>> and the stories you may have missed this week. chuck grassley's blast at the president, and the town halls that didn't turn into shout fests. >>> plus, what happens when three rock gods get together on the same stage? warning. it might get loud. ♪ >>> hi, everybody. campbell brown off today. those are our big questions. but we start with our look at
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 4:00pm EDT
and so, i went on -- >> montana. >> and so i went searching for replacement coverage for the employees that had been laid off, only to find out that cobra doesn't apply to me because i have less than 20 employees. and that conservatively affects 80% of all workers in montana. so, they were pretty much out on their own. and i was wondering if what we can do to eliminate discrimination against small employers, as an example, we're a lumberyard, we're out there lifting boards and packing stuff all day long. every one of my remaining seven employees are fit. so, why are we and i as an employer able to provide a lesser level of benefits to my employees and yet an employer with 30 employees who sit in cubicles on their butts instead of working them off gets a better rate? >> that was a pretty good question. so, for all of you who are all sitting on your -- what did you call them? no. as i said, small businesses is probably as vulnerable as anybody. and one of the things that max has been working very hard on -- and this just doesn't get advertised, but i want to make sure everybody
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 7:00pm EDT
his taee ing he plans to the west. he was at a town hall meeting in belgrade, montana. the president challenged the way in which television news organizations are covering town hall meetings being covered by congressman. president obama says tv loves a ruckus, as he put it. but the president said nothing new about his health care proposals. ed henry traveling with the president reports from big sky, montana. >> reporter: the president's town hall was gentle by congressional standards, but he did get one pointed question about his health reform plan. >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. the only way you're going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> look, you are absolutely right. that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> reporter: the president vowed again he will not raise taxes on the middle class to pay for the difference. >> when i was campaigning, i made a promise that i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. that's what i said. but i said
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 6:00am EDT
president steps back to the fray. he's headed to montana for another meeting on health care reform. correspondents are fanned out across the nation tracking every side of the debate. >>> we begin with major developments in the deadly midair crash over the hudson river. for this morning, for the first time, we're seeing the moment of impact. the tragic collision caught on home video by an italian tourist and obtained by nbc news. the images offer incredible insight to what went wrong. a warning that some of you will find the images incredibly difficult to watch. oh, my god. oh, my god. >> nine people die in that crash. when you slow down the footage, you can see the aircraft attempting to turn and climb at the last second only to clip the helicopter with its right wing. this morning, nearly a week after the crash, the faa is taking a very close look at two air traffic controllers on duty that day. our susan candiotti has been working the story all night. she joins us now. a couple of people are in serious trouble here with the faa? >> right, john. one employee wasn't even in the bui
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 8:00am EDT
. >>> president obama is taking his health care show on the road this weekend. he's in montana this morning where he held a town hall meeting yesterday. the crowd was pretty civil for the president. but he got tough, yet polite questions. >> the president has a town hall meeting in grand junction later this evening. a lot of health care related events going on. >> we have a map showing where they all are across the country. pete stark is holding three in california. he's going to be a busy guy. as you can see from the map, there's events in chicago and atlanta. >> the first lady, sasha and malia didn't stay home. they are traveling with the president this weekend. >> so is ed henry. he tells us the president is mixing business with pleasure in big sky montana. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. the president had more on his mind than fly fishing. he came for urgent business. buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee who could hold the fate of health care in his hands. >> first of all, the man working tirelessly to make
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 10:00pm EDT
. doing a town hall in montana, taking the first family to nearby yellowstone park. mr. obama came because when it comes to passing reform the road truly runs through montana. raw politics from ed henry. >> reporter: montana is a nice place to visit this time of year, but the president had more on his mind than fly-fishing. he came for urgent business, buttering up the state senior center max bachus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all the man who is working tirelessly to make sure the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max bachus a round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisers acknowledged the fight reached a critical stage because the opposition reached some steam, capitalizing on anger at congressional town hall meetings. >> where does this state that government has the powers to take over health care. >> reporter: by comparison the president's town hall was tame. he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing. >> we keep getting the bull.
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 10:00am EDT
break month for reform. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. the president had more on his mind than flying fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state's senior citizen and chairman of the finance committee, max baucus, who could hold the fate of health reform in his hand. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> in private, top presidential advisers ab advisers acknowledge that the fight has reached a critical stage as the opposition has reef reached soming. >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame, thou he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he is facing. >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> look, you are absolutely right, that i can't cover ano
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 1:00pm EDT
"cnn you're live in the "cnn newsroom." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> arkansas, montana, light-years from the corridors of power, so today power comes to them. members of congress and president obama holding health care town halls in those states and more as we near the halfway point in a make-or-break month. the big event of the day starts an hour and 45 minutes from now. president obama in big sky country pitching reform to what may be the toughest audience yet. you'll see it live right here in the "cnn newsroom." >>> i just hope he rests easy finally. i hope it gives his family some peace. captain scott speicher's navy buddies speaks for the entire country, really, as the gulf war pilot is honored and laid to rest. early this morning thousands of people began lining the streets of jacksonville, florida, for captain speicher's funeral procession, after a public memorial at the city's veteran wall, the motorcade slowly driving by his church, his old high school, bound for a private family burial. this final salute comes 18 years after he was shot down over iraq and disa
CNN
Aug 14, 2009 9:00am EDT
hall meetings? we'll be checking for that. and ed henry with the president in montana today as the president continues to push his health care plan. we'll be checking in with him and we're going to take you to arkansas with brianna keilar as she talks to a blue dog democrat who is seeing pushback from both sides of the divide. but first, this developing story for you. the nation's financial crisis. 72 banks have failed this year, and a federal judge warns that the biggest collapse of the year may still be looming. christine romans is part of the cnn money team and joins us from new york. what is the latest with colonial bank? >> it's a company for whom trouble has been brewing for sometime here. and indeed yesterday a federal judge issued a ruling essentially a restraining order borrowing any asset transfers in response a bank of america lawsuit. this is what the judge said. viewing colonial breech given the fact that colonial is on the brink of collapse and suspected of criminal accounting regularities, the potential for immediate substantial injury to bank of america is clear. th
CNN
Aug 5, 2009 6:23pm EDT
models are working. teresa in montana, considering what this country's been through in the past decade, i'm surprised that more of us aren't on the happy pills. lily marlene in hawaii, as a person who's been on antidepressants and in therapy for over 20 years, i can say the drugs have become more effective and have fewer side effects. mixing them with therapy has proved to be a life-saving method method for me. we're talking about someone who becomes suicidal if i'm off the medications for three weeks. ike in atlanta says, it goes to show the problem with health care in america. doctors have to prescribe these drugs because they don't want to be sued for not doing so, even if the patient doesn't need them. the companies are happy because they make money. insurance covers it because they too make money. and the patient, he doesn't know any better. most people on antidepressants don't need them. it's all a scam. h. writes, i've taken antidepressants off and on for after 30 years after suffering postpartum depression. i talked about my feelings to psychiatrists until we were all blue in t
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 11:00am EDT
rally in atlanta with former congressman dick armey. the president is in montana doing a bit of sightseeing. he urges americans to lower the volume in the health care fight and listen to one another. >> i know there is plenty of real concern and skepticism out there. i know that in a time of economic upheaval, the idea of change can be unsettling. i know there are some folks who believe that government should have no role at all in solving our problems. these are legitimate differences, worthy of the real discussion that america deserves. >> our senior white house correspondent, ed henry, is traveling with the president. first montana, later today, colorado. why these locations specifically? >> reporter: partially because these are not necessarily democratic areas friendly. president made a point to come to montana, colorado, in the mountain west. the democratic presidential candidates had abandoned thinking they couldn't win in previous elections. he won some of them. he is trying to translate the health reform debate. when you talk to a white house debate, you say, look, he ca
CNN
Aug 13, 2009 1:00pm EDT
town hall stage tomorrow in montana. now, ali velshi has been on the road all week long holding his own version of the town hall meeting listening to what people are saying about health care reform and he's not running for office. not trying to keep his seat. he's just in search of real people with real concerns. ali's found his way to sedalia, missouri, not too far from kansas city. ali, from your perspective in talking to folks on the road trip, how effective are these town halls? what do you think? >> reporter: well, everybody's heard of them or seen them. it has been the talk of the week. in fact, we've been talking to people about the economy all week generally, but somehow every conversation makes its way back to health care. and i think people have been influenced by them in some fashion because they've heard things being said. they've heard people talking about the government lying or the fact that it will be government control or they won't have choices about their doctors. or their health care. there's definitely been -- there have been things that have been picked up from
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 6:00am EDT
, have air force one and ed henry tells us from big sky, montana, that instead of just sightseeing the president is mixing business with pleasure. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business, buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee, max baucus, who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> fist rst of all, the man who working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisors admit the fight has reached a critical age. the opposition has gained steam, capitalizing on anger over debt the and bailout at town hall meetings. >> where does that state that government has these powers to take over health care? >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame. though he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing.
CNN
Aug 9, 2009 7:00pm EDT
will visit montana, home state of max. >> we are joining for talk on the guadalajara summit. mark, can we talk first about the drug war we have been talking about? you heard cnn's michael ware and suzanne malveaux bring it up. these are high-level talks. what it appears is needed most, boots on the ground as michael said and the demand from the u.s. to stop in order to make a difference. does the administration have a handle on how to combat this? >> the war on drugs is a tricky situation for any president in office, don. of course, these are going to be very high-level talks today and tomorrow how to combat that. there is an insatiable appetite in the united states for drugs, for illegal drugs. how do we stop this violence in mexico and the violence spilling over into these border towns. i don't personally have an answer for you. i don't know how to do that. the white house is trying to figure that out. >> the couple days they are meeting it is not likely they will figure out the master plan. let's talk about issues in the united states. health care, health care, health care and the r
CNN
Aug 31, 2009 1:00pm EDT
well mannered. >> they were huge fans of hannah montana. jaycee dreamed of becoming a model, always clean and well dressed, no hint of the tragic reality. investigators have expanded the crime scene and they brought cadaver dogs to search the property next door. authorities are looking into whether he could be connected to a string of murders in the 1990s. >> phillip garrido had access to that property. he used that property and it looks like he lived on that property in a she had. >> reporter: as we've scoured the home town looking for clue, we found this in a hardware store, the name phil g on a donation card. he brought a pressure switch and left a $2 donation to the children's miracle network. as for jaycee, she is with her family. her location is being kept a tight secret. we understand that she has several family members and law enforcement officials and a team of psychiatrists to help this family through the reunited process. >> it's fascinating learning all of these details, especially the ones that you are bringing to us. can you tell us more about the family business? >> a
CNN
Aug 13, 2009 6:38pm EDT
viral and we will see the president tomorrow out in montana and colorado doing the same kind of town hall he did before. they are even trying to open these town halls up so they can refute these claims that they are stacking these town halls with people. >> here is a question that intreegs me. at these town hauls, these lawmakers go out there and have exchanges with their constituents, is it more likely that the lawmaker changes the view of the con stitt went or the con stitt went changes the view of the lawmaker? >> i think the way you said the question tells us the answer. the lawmaker comes back and thinks, i have got some information. politicians, they are magical thinkers. they are in their offices. they don't know what's going on. they have polls and wizards that come in and tell them what the public is thinking. sometimes they overrely on the reality they see in their immediate environment. >> i suspect a lot of these lawmakers will come back in september with different views than early august. >> certainly, they will know about the concerns out there. i don't know if ultimate
CNN
Aug 9, 2009 12:00pm EDT
with this debate in the finance committee. >> two words each. >> i'm going to montana later this week because the president will be heading there, i'm going to see what people in matt baucus's state is saying. he's the head guy. >> i have to cut you off. i'm john king. this is state of the eun. >>> the escalating war in afghanistan, the fallout from former president clinton's trip to north korea. and tonight's presidential summit in mexico. we'll map out the administration's pressing global challenges in an exclusive interview with susan wright, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations. >>> congress heads home to face america divided over health care changes. to discuss the policy and political divides with two key senators. john cornyn of texas, dick durbin of illinois. >> our american dispatch from eugene, oregon. puts the squeeze on many support organizations just when struggling parents and hungry children need the help most. the state of the union report for sunday, august 9th. >>> president obama heads to mexico tonight for a summit with the leaders of mexico and canada, a remi
CNN
Aug 16, 2009 11:00am EDT
spending. then out to montana, john mccain carried this state. the president more casual out west. out here, john mccain won, but just narrowly. getting further west, as you always know, there's more skepticism about the role of government and government spending. lastly the president before taking a break, was down in colorado for a town hall. he carried this state, but his message was delivered out in the grand junction area which is conservative country out here. 17% of the residents of colorado are uninsured. as we watch the president make his case, one thing he said in colorado was don't get so f fixated on this so-called public option. i would like one in there, but people are getting hung up on that, and there are other thicks to talk about. we could say we hold these truths to be self-evident. it's clear he doesn't have the votes in the senate. is he sending a message? >> it does sound that way. the president has held pretty fast to the notion of a public option. time and time again, when you press the white house as to whether or not they're willing to back off of that, t
CNN
Aug 12, 2009 7:00pm EDT
weekend with town halls in bows man, montana, and grand junction, colorado. dan lothian, cnn, the white house. >>> white house press secretary robert gibbs was on the defensive as i said on the issue of whether the president misrepresented the aarp's position on health care. we're going to play for you the entirety of that section of the press briefing from the question onward. let's listen. >> yesterday the president said aarp endorsed the plan. as you're aware, aarp said yesterday it hasn't endorsed the plan. where on the information or disinformation scale would the president's remark fall? >> well, the president said -- aarp said they are certainly supportive and have been for years on comprehensive health reform. i don't think the president meant to imply anything untoward. i think he discussed the notion that aarp is supportive of -- an agreement that would fund filling the doughnut hole for seniors as part of medicare part d as well as additional savings vings for comprehensive health care. >> [ inaudible ] aarp hasn't endorsed the house pending slax. >> which is what i've
CNN
Aug 31, 2009 3:00pm EDT
, they were well-mannered. >> reporter: she says angel and starlet were huge fans of hannah montana. she says jaycee dreamed of becoming a model. always clean and well-dressed, no hint of the tragic reality. investigators have expanded the crime scene at phillip garrido's home. they've brought cadaver dogs to search the property next door. authorities are looking into where garrido could be connected to a string of murders in the 1990s. >> what we also know is that phillip garrido had access to that property. he used that property and it looks like he lived on that property in a shed. >> reporter: as we've scoured garrido's hometown looking for clue, we found this in a hardware score, the name phil g. on a donation card. on august 17th, this receipt shows garrido bought a pressure switch and then left a $2 donation to the children's miracle network. >> here's what perhaps is the most bizarre angle of this story -- if jaycee or alyssa as she was called by her captor -- was allowed to be out in public from time to time as we just heard somebody say in that report, why didn't she ever ask f
CNN
Aug 17, 2009 3:00pm EDT
over the weekend in montana and colorado, and there are an awful lot of -- the secret service does an amazing job, but there are an awful lot of angry people out there, and most of them, i got to say, are misinformed. >> hey, let's switch the subject because this is the other big news story we're following right now. i'm trying to figure this one out myself. is the public option dead or alive? this is what democrats hope would create competition and would eventually drive the markets. i want to take you first to what the president said. this was back in july. hit that, claude. >> any plan i sign must include an insurance exchange, including a public option to increase competition and keep insurance companies honest. >> i think i just heard him say any plan i sign must include public option. now, listen to the president last night. listen to him last night in colorado. this is grand junction and then we'll get your take on it. i think these are two completely different statements. play that, claude. >> public option, whether we have it or we don't have it, is not the entirety of health
CNN
Aug 23, 2009 1:00am EDT
meeting in montana. >> every time we are in sight of health insurance reform, the special estes fight back with everything they've got. they use their influence. they run their ads. and their political allies try to scare the heck out of everybody. it happened in '93. it's happening now. >> let's talk about specific groups that have an interest in either blocking reform outright or changing it or limiting it in some form. big pharmaceutical companies. is there anything in the reform bills about lowering the cost of prescription drugs? >> the pharmaceutical industry which is not a party to the 1993/'94 effort is now with the white house. they want coverage. they want affordable coverage for everyone and they want co-pays to be reasonable and as mr. skeptic would say, that's because they're going to have this huge group of people able to buy. they have agreed to cut $80 billion out of their costs. interestingly, they're spending $150 million in advertising to push for health care reform. and a lot of people like robert reich, labor secretary of clinton, he smells a rat. and he says a lot of
CNN
Aug 22, 2009 8:00pm EDT
health care reform? listen to what president obama said recently at a town hall meeting in montana every time we are in sight of health insurance reform the special interests fight back with everything they've got. they use their influence. they run their ads. and their political allies try to scare the heck out of everybody. it happened in '93. it's happening now. >> let's talk about specific groups that have an interest in either blocking reform outright or changing it or limiting it in some form. big pharmaceutical companies. is there anything in the reform bills about lowering the cost of prescription drugs? >> the pharmaceutical industry which is not a party to the 1993-94 effort is now with the white house. they want coverage. they want affordable coverage for everyone and they want copays to be reasonable and as mr. skeptic would say that's because they'll have this huge group of people able to buy. they have agreed to cut $80 billion out of their costs. interestingly, they're spending -- >> over ten years. >> and interestingly they're spending $150 million in advertising to
CNN
Aug 9, 2009 6:00am EDT
portsmouth, hamm. he's done it before and will do it on tuesday. on tri-when he goes out to montana he may be teaming up with max baucus. >> cnn is staying on top this was. this is a make or break month. what kind of special coverage can we expect to see? >> we'll be covering as many of these town halls as possible with our reporters, our producers, our photojournalists. we're gassing up the cnn campaign buss firing it up and ali velshi will start down your way. >> he's not driving? >> i hope not. keep him away from the wheel. he's going from atlanta up to iowa through parts of the south and midwest speaking to americans about how they feel about health care reform. >> i love those road trips because you get a slice of what people across the country feel about the issues that are on table and right now the number one issue being health care. thank you, paul, we do appreciate it. >> ali driving that bus is not a good thing. >> isn't that frightening. if you see ali on the roadway get off the side an let him go by. >> reynolds wolf was on the road. doing some investigating reporting. one
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 5:00pm EDT
montana but came close. much closer than many people thought, so they say look, now he wants to show that even if some people in these areas may disagree with him, he wants to go in and have a thoughtful conversation, reasoned debate in comparison to some of the town hall meetings we've seen across the country. what he's going do at the top is lay out why he thinks there needs to be insurance reform, that's his big folk occur, just to say you have insurance are doesn't mean you're safe and secure, you could lose that coverage. secondly, he'll take questions for about an hour, we're told. these tickets were distributed randomly on the internet. people were able it to sign up. they didn't have control over democrats or republicans got them. just as we saw yesterday, just one or two tough questions in montana at a town hall meeting, for people coming at it from the other side. the president could get tough questions from the other side today as well. as you noted at the to we are getting information are from white house aides. ed president is very early, touring yellowstone national par
CNN
Aug 13, 2009 6:00am EDT
obama getting ready for round two of the road show in colorado and montana. the debate is growing more passionate. arlen specter facing tough questions in a town hall meeting yesterday. hundreds of people in hagerstown, maryland booed and said just say no. charles grassley got an earful too in iowa. >> the power of life -- >> not going to do anything that's going to nationalize health insurance -- or nationalize health care in america. i don't intend to do anything to allow government bureaucrats to get between you and your doctor. >> senator, please forgive my teleprompter here. i've heard your recent rhetoric about how we want the same thing as obama and health care reform. i disagree on every level. there is nothing in that bill that i would agree to and we have to stop giving ground. >> government isn't the answer, it's a cancer. >> right now, as dan lothian reports, the white house is working hard to stay on message. >> you don't know. you don't know. >> 74 going to be written off because they have cancer. >> why don't they take the health care being forced down our throats.
CNN
Aug 10, 2009 9:00am EDT
, he'll visit montana, home state of max baucus, a key democrat trying to negotiate a deal on health care reform. elaine quijano, cnn, the white house. >> and of course, we do want to hear your thoughts on health care. send us your i-reports at ireport.com. >>> president obama holding talks at the top of the hour with the leaders of canada and mexico. the north american summit taking place in guadalajara is focusing on the fight against swine flu. plus regional trade issues and the drug war. the summit is following one of mexico's deadliest months in fighting drug cartels. one of the most notorious kingpins to be believed in hiding el chapo, one of the world's richest men. he escaped from a mexican jail back in 2001. >> chapo is the face, he's the guy currently at war against the government of mexico, against law enforcement and military forces. >> cnn's michael ware is joining us live from guadalajara with more on el chapo. >> i understand he has robin hood type appeal. >> reporter: yeah, that's very much correct, heidi. the drug enforcement agency says that this robin hood persona that
CNN
Aug 21, 2009 10:00pm EDT
in montana. >> every time we are in sight of health insurance reform, the special interest fight back with everything they have and their political allies try to scare the heck out of everybody. it happened in '93. it is happening now. >> groups that have an interest in blocking reform. big pharmaceutical companies. is there anything in reform bills about lowering the cost of prescription drugs. >> the pharmaceutical industry not a party to the 1993, 1994 evident, they want coverage for everyone and co-pays to be reasonable. and pessimist or skeptic will say a huge group of people can buy their drugs. >> new customers. >> they have agreed to cut $80 billion out of their costs -- >> over ten years. >> they are spending $150 million in advertising to push reform. robert reich smells a rat. they wouldn't do it if it wasn't good for their industry. why doesn't medicare do a system like the va where they negotiate for the price of drugs? >> i was at the agency that is a nonnegotiatable item. the pharmaceutical industry has managed to keep that at bay. they need the extra money to do r
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 12:00pm EDT
like the one in montana have been tamer than some of what we've seen. also in his weekly address, the president urging americans to turn down the temperature and listen more. >> i know there's plenty of real concern and skepticism out there. the idea of change can be unsettling, and i know there's some folks who believe that government should have no role at all in solving our problems. these are legitimate differences, worthy of the real discussion that america deserves. >> now, the first family is traveling along on this road trip, seeing the sights like yellowstone national park. why is he focusing on the traditional red states? ed henry takes a look behinl the health care fight. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee max baucus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get
CNN
Aug 10, 2009 4:00pm EDT
what the president is hoping and that's why he is headed off to montana and new hampshire this week. he is really trying to get a hold and take control once again of this debate. there has been so much emotion and criticism around this. when you see those town halls, he'll get out there and have a few town halls himself. >> suzanne in guadalajara. thanks very much. let's check in with jack cafferty right now. he's got "the cafferty file." jack, four years ago, this weekend, you and i began a partnership. >> that's true. right here in "the situation room." >> can you believe it's been four years the "the situation room" has been on the air? >> it's amazing, isn't it? >> yes. >> you know what i find remarkable? i look pretty much the same, but you've aged a lot. >> i know i have. that's what "the situation room" has done to me. time flay flyes when you're having fun. >> this is kind of a fun thing we do. in an update to this story, this isn't fun, this thing i'll tell you about. an update to a story we brought you last week in "the cafferty file." a group of republican and democratic
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Aug 14, 2009 11:00am EDT
montana during this make or break month in this push for reform. he could face a skeptical audience. ed henry reports from a region weary of big government. >> reporter: spend a day in the tiny town of livingston, montana, and you quickly see why the president's health care push is pushing big problems in big sky country, even from those he's trying to help. >> we have two kids and my husband is the only one working. >> reporter: sanja is uninsured so she gets discounted dental work at a local clinic. she voted for the president and agrees there needs to be reform but is worried about the details. >> i believe that there is a health care crisis. i really do. do i believe that the government needs to be more involved? no. because i think that they just whenever they get their fingers in the pot, it just kind of turns black. >> reporter: a common sentiment here where a second obama voter told us government is too big. >> we've just spent so much money on the stimulus and the t.a.r.p. and then we're going to add another huge entitlement in the form of the public option. >> reporter: the mo
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Aug 12, 2009 1:00pm EDT
, pennsylvania, senator specter again, montana, and nebraska, also hagerstown, maryland, and that's where senator ben cardin hosts a meeting this hour. we're keeping a close eye on this one. cardin actually got booed and jeered monday at his town hall in towson. and in new jersey, congressman steve rosman hosting that one. and there's a bunch of town halls in iowa. >>> republican senator chuck grassley is hosting four of them today. the second one is wrapping up this hour. the president praised grassley yesterday as a republican that is honestly coming up with a health care reform both parties can live with. he's one of the group of six senators from both parties heavily involved in the negotiations. this event earlier in winterset was pretty civil, but the crowd of 3000-plus wasn't giving the senators any softballs either, take a listen. >> like i said, i'm a dumb, southern iowa red neck, and i see nowhere in the constitution where health care is a right. >> we would have a bill through the united states senate. probably not one i would have voted for, but -- so if anybody is criticizing
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Aug 16, 2009 9:00am EDT
up in new hampshire. he then went from the east way up here into montana in the west. the president having another town hall out here. shirt sleeves out in the west. interesting, in montana, the president lost to john mccain, but just narrowly there. and when you get further west, you have increased skepticism about washington and about government spending and the role of government in health care. and the president wrapped up his week with a town hall in colorado out here in the conservative part of the state. this was a red state he turned blue in the election, but out in conservative grand junction, interesting in colorado, 17% of the state's residents lack health insurance. 9% are are on medicare. and 8.5% on medicaid. as we watch the president travel publicly, many of his own allies, even some of his allies say, they are more and more skeptical he can get this bill this year. you share that skepticism? >> i don't. i think that the debate across the country is -- reflects the fact that americans care deeply about health care. it's the most personal issue to most folks. everyone
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Aug 13, 2009 7:00pm EDT
you'll see the president going to a town hall meeting tomorrow in montana and then off to colorado on saturday. lou? >> now, this sounds awfully like manufacturing. it sounds like astro turf on the part of the white house which is the very same press secretary robert gibbs was -- well, has been moaning within the past week. all of the noise, as they see it, some of the misinformation as they are calling it at these town hall meetings out there. and they said, yeah, there is that concern. obviously, though, the white house hoping that they will base it on facts and not any misinformation as they see it. what they are trying to do is knock it all down. we are seeing such an aggressive effort with the town hall meetings and then i take you back to when the president was in new hampshire and he started off his town hall by telling folks that, you know, i want to hear from people who don't agree with me. and then at the end when most of the questions were relatively easy questions, then he started asking, anybody here disagree with me? they really try to at least from a marketing standp
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Aug 15, 2009 6:00pm EDT
hall in belgrade, montana. and we had a pretty good crowd. some were big supporters of reform. some had concerns and questions. and i got tough questions. but even though montana's had strong opinions, they didn't shout at one another, they were there to listen. and that reflects the american people. and what our democracy is about, a lot more than what's been covered on tv these last few days, and that's why i thank all of you, whether you're before or against health care for being here today. i'm going to take a bunch of questions, but before i do, i wanted to talk about what health insurance reform will mean for you, because there's a lot of misunderstandings out there. first of all, what we're proposing is a common sense set of consumer protections, for people with health insurance, people with private health insurance. i expect that after reform passes, the vast majority of americans are still going to be getting their insurance from private insurers. so we have got to have some protections in place for people like me, people like you. so insurance company also no longer be abl
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Aug 15, 2009 2:00pm EDT
montana yesterday. while he was there he heard from an impassioned insurance salesman about health care reform. listen to this. >> mr. president, i make a living selling individual health insurance. okay. obviously, i have paid very close attention to this insurance debate. as you know, the health insurance companies are in favor of health care reform. and have a number of very good proposals before congress to work with government to provide insurance for the uninsured and cover individuals with pre-existing conditions. why is it that you have changed your strategy from talking about health care reform to health insurance reform? and decided to vilify the insurance companies? >> okay, that is a fair question. that's a fair question. first of all, you are absolutely right that the insurance companies in some cases have been constructive. so i will give you a particular example, aetna has been trying to work with us in dealing with some of the pre-existing condition stuff. that's absolutely true. and there are other come pans who have done the same. now i want to just be honest with
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Aug 5, 2009 7:23pm EDT
clear enough message yet. but he's out of washington, he's going to montana, campaign style, this is where he's in his element. >> and in political terms, he's in his element, and i guess the rest of us are supposed to say, hoorah, but the reality is, we still -- as you point out, we are one, two days away from when he wanted this thing packaged up and ready for signature. and the fundamental question you're posing hasn't yet been answered. >> are we better off? i think there's a lot of evidence to say that we would be better off, departing from our current system. that the current system threatens to bankrupt the country and increase the numbers of uninsured. i think that that's the core of this. there are, of course, politics around it. that's the main thing to remember. >> thank you very much, both of you. appreciate it. >>> more on our top stories tonight, let's turn to brooke baldwin who was the latest for us. >> the obama administration this evening saying that north korea's decision to release two american journalists is not linked to nuclear negotiations. those journalists, b
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Aug 31, 2009 11:00am EDT
montana." she says jaycee dreamed of becoming a model. always clean and well dressed, no hint of the tragic reality. investigators have expanded the crime scene at phillip garrido's home. they brought cadaver dogs to search the property next door. authorities are looking into whether garrido could be connected to a string of murders in the 1990s. >> what we also know is that phillip garrido had access to that property. he used that property, and it looks like he lived on that property in a shed. >> reporter: as we scoured garrido's hometown looking for clues, we found this in a hardware store -- the name phil g. on a donation card. on august 17th this receipt shows garrido bought a pressure switch and then left a $2 donation to the children's murk'll network. >> wow. ed, our ed lavandera joining us live now from antioch, california. and ed, you are learning some information about jaycee's reunion with her family. what is being done to help her adjust? >> reporter: well, first of all, her location is a tightly kept secret. we understand that she was kept at a hotel for several days an
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Aug 14, 2009 9:00pm EDT
president obama made a stop in montana and what else he did. and our 360 interview with an insurance insider who is blowing the whistle. what he says are the dirty secrets you need to know. and michael vick getting a second chance in the nfl. what about the dogs he groomed to the death? we have our hero of the week. he turns trash into tools for schools. watch. >> i was coming from at night, and i see this computer. and i thought everything was perfect. and so many computer are thrown out and so many computer are needed in kenya, and i decided i must do something. my name is jude ndambuki. i refurbish computers and send them to kenna kenya has very few resources. even a pencil is hard to get. anything that's in place to make the life of kids better is great. the computers, if they are working, then we label the name of the school on each box and we ship it to kenya. the computers are saved from poisoning our environment and they will be used for 20 years by some schools. every school is going to plant 100 trees for every computer. we're planting a tree to preserve the kids to environ
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Aug 12, 2009 6:00am EDT
holstered when the president comes by? >> of course. i like my life. >> in montana and colorado, those states were presidential battlegrounds. now they are the front lines for health care reform. >> thanks so much. we have seep and heard the anger and frustration. we have heard the insults being thrown around. but through all the shouting, is the message getting through? does the president have to explain that he won't pull the plug on grandma? that is what he was saying yesterday. our panel of experts weighs in. >> and a u.s. army private under arrest this morning accused of being a krablgt killer. the 18-year-old soldier is one of three men charged with murdering a cartel member who was also a dea informant. we are live in dallas this morning. what makes this so shocking, ed, is that this fellow was allegedly working for a cartel on the mexican side of the border but the hit was on the american side of the border. >> a chilling example of the power, influence, and reach of the mexican drug cartel. there is a growing concern that the reach might be beginning to corrupt u.s. officials,
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Aug 19, 2009 1:00pm EDT
conversations with members of the finance committee friday in montana and others. our preference is to work through this process and hopefully come out with a bill that has agreement among both parties on that. >> are you expecting any republican votes for this bill in the senate or the next? >> i think there are many that would like to see some health care reform. i trust that the three republicans that are working in the senate finance committee are doing so in good faith. i have no reason to believe they are not. >> the question is, how is it that you think you can achieve a bipartisan bill when it seems you are having trouble achieving a partisan bill? the divisions between the democratic party right now, between the blue dogs and the progressives in the house? >> i think that sort of -- there are blue dogs on the energy and commerce committee that voted out a bill on the house side before we left for recess. i think this notion that there -- it's impossible even to get agreement on our side on what a health care plan looks like belies the notion that this is a piece of legislat
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Aug 16, 2009 6:00am EDT
slikted. the ones in montana on friday night, they were given away in montana in the local area, so they don't select only supporters of the president, and if you're an opponent of the president, we've seen a couple of them who don't agree with his plans on health care reform, you can get into these forums as well. >> don't think you can get in his face. paul steinhauser, we'll see you again. >>> with the president going to yellowstone and the grand con on, our national park are in the spotlight but they need a face lift. here's how stimulus money is helping out. >>> education is more important than others but at some black colleges the money crunch can put dreams of higher education in jeopardy. mbers. but how close are you to your goals? there may be more you can do. only caduet combines two proven medicines... in a single pill to significantly lower... high blood pressure and high cholesterol. in a clinical study of patients... with slightly elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, caduet helped 48% reach both goals in just 4 weeks. caduet is one of many treatment options, in add
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Aug 31, 2009 9:00am EDT
says angel and starlet were huge fans of hannah montana and says jaycee dreamed of becoming a model. always clean and well dressed with no hint of the tragic reality. investigators have expanded the crime scene at phillip garrido's home and brought cadaver dogs to search the property next door. authorities are looking into whether garrido could be connected to a string of murders in the 1990s. >> what we also know is that phillip garrido had access to that property. he used that property and it looks like he lived on that property in a shed. >> reporter: as we've scoured garrido's hometown looking for clues we found this in a hardware store, the name phil g. on a donation card. on august 17th, this receipt shows garrido bought a pressure switch and then left a $2 donation to the children's miracle network. >> joining us live from antioch, california, ed, the more we learn the more unbelievable this story really is. do we know anything yet about jaycee's reunion with her family and what on earth is being done to help her adjust? >> reporter: we do know the reunion has been taking pla
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Aug 12, 2009 11:00am EDT
health care reform. he heads west this week for more meetings in colorado and montana. the white house has created a website to counter critics. >>> at the forum hosted by pennsylvania arlen specter was raucous. details from national political correspondent, jessica yellin. >> reporter: anxiety, fear, confusion. add summer heat and you've got a potent combination for a health care town hall. frustration on the sidewalk out front. >> why don't they take the health care being forced down our throat? yeah, why don't you go home! why don't i have freedom? because we elected somebody that wants to take our freedom. where does my opinion count at? >> we're entitled to be here just like you! just like you! >> reporter: and inside the auditorium. >> wait a minute! wait a minute. you want to leave? leave. >> i am going to speak my mind before i leave, because your people told me i could. >> i'm angry. i'm an american citizen. i'm a voter. i'm a taxpayer. i'm sick of the lies. >> reporter: the man at the center of it all? senator arlen specter worked to displmyths about health care reform. >> yo
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Aug 2, 2009 6:00am EDT
days. if i had a drum roll. i would give you this one, the testicle festival in clinton, montana. >> what is that about? >> give us a debrief. >> all i can tell you if you go to the website and take a look at it it says have a ball. basically is what it says. i'm not lining. i st. in journalistic way. >> you don't want to lose your job. >> right. it's alleged sometimes you reach. you can look out. >> you're leaning over it now. >> testyfesty.com. >> going from that, we're going to jump from that to miami. safety, i think would be a good deal. great shot out of miami. if you're eating something what they are not serving up in montana. a nice day for fit you don't mind the scattered showers. a few thunderstorms. rough stuff in the last couple of days in central part and up in saint augustine, we showed you that video yesterday. today a little bit better. going up the eastern seaboard into places like philadelphia, like new york, some thunder boomers and mid-day philadelphia some thunderstorms right now. i'll enlarge this shot for you and you can see a few cells moving between allen
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Aug 15, 2009 3:00pm EDT
is pushing for reform. in townhall stops across the country. in belgrade, montana, the president took questions from an insurance salesman. later today it is grand junction, colorado. cnn will bring you live coverage, 6:00 p.m. eastern time. >>> since this is the president's plan, his party is catching a lot of flak at the townhall sessions. republicans deny stirring up the protests at the events. in this week's gop address, utah senator orrin hatch is happy to see the opponents speaking out. >> nearly 85% of americans have coverage. and they are really worried about what reform means for them. especially our seniors. these concerns are moving from kitchen table conversations to townhall discussions. i am disappointed about the attempt to characterize the behavior of americans, expressing their concerns, as quote, unamerican, unquote. though i strongly encourage the use of respectful debate in these town halls we should not be stifling these discussions. there is nothing unamerican about disagrelts. in fact our great nation was founded on speaking our minds. families are voicing
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Aug 12, 2009 8:00pm EDT
. >> the president is going to hold another town hall in montana on friday. >>> in nigeria, secretary of state hillary clinton making some news by comparing elections there to elections here. this involves the discussion of nigeria's problems with widespread voter fraud. >> another off-the-cuff comment about elections, this time, about nigeria, she brought up an election in the u.s., in 2000 she said -- >> in 2000 our presidential election came down to one state where the brother of the man running for president was the governor of the state. so, we have our problems, too. >> aides said she was not being editorial, she simply was making the point of how candidates would accept election results even if it might be flawed. >> this is going to raise eyebrows. >> right. i think one of the questions when she was running, will the real hillary clinton stand up. looks like she's doing pap. >> there is a presidential election in afghanistan next week. hundreds of marines and afghan troops launched a new push to take some controls on the taliban. >> action here from the front lines of the war in
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